Kate Graham, Liberal MPP candidate for London North Centre. Courtesy of Kate Graham's official campaign website.

Graham Acclaimed as London North Centre Candidate

Members of Ontario’s Liberal party have named their candidate to replace the departing Deb Matthews.

About a hundred people gathered at Goodwill Industries Saturday to officially acclaim Kate Graham as the party’s candidate for London North Centre. She will stand in next year’s provincial elections.

“I am so pleased to be representing London North Centre as our Ontario Liberal candidate in the next election,” says Graham in a statement. “I believe in and love our community and will be a strong advocate for London at Queen’s Park. I want to ensure a fairer, better future for all the people of Ontario. London needs to continue to have a voice at the table when decisions are made, and I am ready to be that voice as a member of Premier Kathleen Wynne’s team.”

Graham is hoping to succeed Matthews at Queen’s Park. Matthews announced in October that she will not seek reelection. Matthews was first elected as an MPP in 2003.

A long time community volunteer, Graham has worked for the city of London, most recently as its director of community and economic innovation. She is also on the faculty at King’s University College in London. According to her official website, she is pursuing a doctorate in political science at Western University.

Among Graham’s volunteer endeavours are the Pillar Nonprofit Network, dedicated to the advancement of the non-profit sector.

She says she is ready to continue the work of the Ontario Liberals already begun in London North Centre.

“This is not a time to stop investing in the things that are important to us,” says Graham. “I believe the Ontario Liberal plan will create more opportunity and fairness for more children, more families and more neighbourhoods. Improving healthcare, investing in education and giving more people access to fair wages are just some of the ways we can create meaningful change together.”

Graham will be running for the seat against former MP and Progressive Conservative candidate Susan Truppe. In the NDP race, four candidates are running with the nominee to be chosen in mid-January.